Luisa Grigoletto & Christopher Livesay Meet the authors Rome

Chris and Luisa
Chris and Luisa

Christopher Livesay is an award-winning journalist based in Rome, where he contributes to National Public Radio (America's NPR) and works as a foreign correspondent for PBS, American public television. For three years he was a staff reporter and editor at ANSA, the leading Italian news agency. He holds a master's from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and teaches journalism at John Cabot University in Rome.

Luisa Grigoletto is a Rome-based art and photography writer, contributing to such publications as Frieze and AfterImage. For the past three years she managed the Rome office of Context Travel, devoted to small-group walks led by local experts in art, archeology, history, and culinary arts. She holds a master’s in photography from NABA in Milan, and an art history degree from the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari.

"We feel that it's such an extraordinary privilege to live in Rome."

Luisa and Christopher wrote this book after years of learning about Rome the hard way.

"The Eternal City is not a user-friendly city. We made all the mistakes, waited in all the wrong lines, and ate at all the tourist traps before we got to the secret gems that are in our book, and that make this city such an extraordinary privilege to live in, and to visit."

Luisa and Chris’s perfect day in the city might look like this:

“We would recommend to start your day with a decadent breakfast at Pasticceria De Bellis, and spoil yourself with a deep-fried croissant filled with fresh custard cream, and an espresso or cappuccino. With that fuel in the tank, head to the nearby Piazza Navona, and away from the crowds, by visiting Domitian's Stadium. Just around the corner is Palazzo Altemps and its gorgeous collection of ancient Roman and Egyptian sculptures. The painted loggia alone is worth a stop.

Then continue by surrounding yourself with one of the world's most impressive book collections: the Vallicelliana Library, with its monumental reading room that's appeared in a host of films. For lunch, head to Per Me, off of via Giulia, for Giulio Terrinoni's 'tappi', which are minimalist dishes that come in tapas-size, so you can order several.

In the afternoon, turn back towards the Tiber River, cross the Palatine bridge (look down and see the Cloaca Maxima), and head towards the Church of San Gregorio al Celio. From here, through the Clivo di Scauro, you'll first hit Villa Celimontana, with its delectable park, and finally visit the church of San Stefano Rotondo. At this point, you deserve a drink. We love Gatsby Cafe' (where you can also buy some elegant hats).

End your day with a taxi to the up-and-coming Centocelle district, and enjoy a sumptuous meal at Mazzo, known for its modern and creative twist on the Roman classics.”